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  • Sep 27, 2009
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+2
People Magazine gave this a 1/2 star out of 5. It truly wasn't that bad.

Here are my thoughts.

Sandra Bullock's character is awkward and that is an understatement. This still-at-home-with-mom-and-dad crossword-puzzle-creator is an unique blend of Cliff Clavin (Cheers) Napoleon Dynamite and Pippi Longstocking. I struggled with whether to like Mary and cheer her on or to just be annoyed and laugh at her when she fell into the big hole. I ended up doing both.

Basic plot: Mary, due to outside pressures, thinks she needs to take her one last shot of normalcy by embracing (understatement) a blind date. When he comes to pick her up and turns out to be "hot" she does this creepy silent stare thing and runs back upstairs to put some sexy on. A truly awkward scene follows when she jumps Steve (Bradley Cooper), not after an okay date but before they even pull away from her folks' house. At first Steve is dazzled by the skin and enthusiasm but then he begins to think she might be crazy so he invents an excuse...a phone call sending him away. While he's attempting to get her out of the van before she truly goes crazy he mentions wishing she could go with him. More circumstances make that a possibility. Some may call it stalking, Mary calls it many, many other things in long paragraphs and polysyllabic words.

Mary is not just a person who talks all the time -- she's a walking encyclopedia of random facts -- and she ends up alienating loads of people on her quest to find Steve. Then she becomes a hero, accidentally, of course. Thomas Haden Church plays the annoying, selfish anchorman wanna-be and he eggs Mary on. Though I wasn't sure what his motivation was exactly his encouragement got Mary to relentlessly pursue Steve. Most of the characters are oddly eccentric, almost cartoonish, from Mary's parents to Haden Church's nemesis. It was almost as if the movie was an attempt to tell a quirky feel good story blended with a parody. It's one of the stranger films I've seen.

Content warnings. The groping scene in the beginning 20 minutes of so of the movie goes on too long and it should be screened before child/young teen viewing. That probably won't be an issue though since most children will likely get bored. Several sexual references are scattered throughout the film. One news story that Steve chases down involves a fight over amputating a baby girl's third leg and there are a few obvious body part innuendo/references. Some language. Some skin, mostly cleavage.  

There are several amusing one-liners and descriptives and a  pretty sweet tornado besides some great physical comedy and pratfalls. A few scenes are laugh-out-loud funny. Many, many more are shake-the-head shrug inspiring. I'll give it a 2 and I'll probably watch it again when it hits dvd, if for no other reason, to see if I understand it a little better. Maybe it will have that Napoleon Dynamite magic. I didn't like it the first time I watched it either. 

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September 16, 2010
Thanks for the feedback, Scotman. Here's my dilemma. The scale at Amazon is 5 scale but at Lunch we have 10. If I hate it I won't even review it and it would be on the negative side at Lunch. But, a 2 at Lunch is barely above tolerable...with some redeeming moments. And that's making it way too complicated...but it's one of my skills. : ) making the simple complicated.
 
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review by . September 10, 2010
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NO, hate....this....movie.....doesn't matter.....how....hot.....Bullock is........NO!!
Sandra Bullock is a talented actress, very charitable and has a great sense of humor and has produced several movies that she has appeared in.  Some of them were good or at least funny but this was one of them and man o man, even dressed in hot pants, with highlights in her layered hair, red hooker boots and a tie dye shirt....MMMM.  Man is it hard to hate this but I found a way.      Bullock plays Mary Horowitz a ditzy and giddy middle aged woman who creates crossword …
Quick Tip by . September 08, 2010
This movie can make you hate Sandra Bullock. THATS NOT GOOD.
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Stupid and disappointing. Sandra Bullock is one of my favorite actresses (like the rest of America) and even she couldn't save this sad, sad movie.
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
Worst movie i've EVER seen. Do NOT NOT NOT waste your time and money buying or renting it! NO significant plot, Sandra Bullock was horrible (which was a huge surprise), and it wasn't even stupid-funny like The Hangover...ugh it was awful.
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All About Steve is a 2009 American comedy film  directed by Phil Traill.  It is distributed by 20th Century Fox. The title is a pun on the 1950 film All About Eve, also made by 20th Century Fox.
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